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Researcher's Alert for August 27, 2013

It seems that the one constant in research adminsitration is that it is always changing.


NIH applications due on or after September 25, 2013 must use the forms identified with a Competition ID of FORMS-C. There has been some (justified) confusion about which application packages to use as the documentation from NIH evolved over time. However, the bottom line is that FORMS-C have been included in newly released funding announcements and the old FOAs will be retired.

What does this mean to you, the investigator? If you are planning to submit to NIH on or after September 25, work with Sherie Donahue (x83911 or and Cindy Dickson (x44571 or to make sure you are using the correct funding announcement package.

II. Updated AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition

  • The AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition is available at (PDF). PHS Policy requires that euthanasia be conducted according to the AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia. After September 1, 2013, all IACUC applications and the Vertebrate Animal Section (VAS) of NIH grants and contracts must be consistent with the 2013 Guidelines.

III. Update to LLU Policy D-2 Expense reports

It is important to note that items will not be reimbursed if shipped to an employee’s personal residence or other non-LLU related address. The complete policy and procedure can be found at Policies and Procedures/.

IV. Grants to Promote Collaborative and Translational Research (GCAT)

Reminder: Letters of Intent for the School of Medicine Grants to Promote Collaborative and Translational Research (GCAT) are due by Friday, September 13, 2013, 5:00 pm. This opportunity is open to Principal Investigators from the LLU School of Medicine faculty..

V. 2013 La Jolla Immunology Conference

The 2013 La Jolla Immunology Conference will be held October 8-10 at the de Hoffman Auditorium at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. The program will feature talks from senior-level investigators, post-docs, and graduate students, and will include early evening poster sessions. The Keynote Speaker, a true leader in the field of Immunology, is Prof. Marc Jenkins, Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Other sessions, each chaired by leaders in their field, will address the following areas:

  • Immunity and the microbiome (Chair: Charles Surh, Academy of Immunology and Microbiology, Institute for Basic Science)
  • Immunometabolism (Chair: Steven Bensinger, UCLA)
  • Immune-mediated diseases: Atherosclerosis (Chair: Klaus Ley, LIAI)
  • New Emerging Players in the Immune Response (Chair: Hilde Cheroutre)
  • Signals and their Integration (Chair: Bjoern Lillemeier, Salk Institute for Biological Research)
  • Autoimmunity/Human Immunology (Chair: Gary Firestein, UCSD)
  • Transcriptional control of lineage and function (Chair: Ananda Goldrath, UCSD)
  • Programming B cell immunity (Chair: Michael McHeyzer-Williams)


All post-docs and graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts for either oral presentations, poster-presentations, or both. We will have 5 awards of $200 each for the best oral presentations and 5 awards of $200 each for the best poster presentations.

Registration includes breakfasts on the 10th and 11th, lunches on all 3 meeting days, and light supper at the poster sessions. The conference will conclude with an Awards Gala held at the Birch Aquarium overlooking La Jolla Shores. Two distinct types of registration are possible. The first will cost $100 and cover the conference plus all meals served at the de Hoffman. The second type of registration will cost $125 and will cover the conference plus a ticket to the Awards Gala held at the Birch Aquarium on Oct. 11th.

To register for the LJIC, please visit  and click on the "Registration" link. Abstracts can be submitted until Oct. 1 or until the maximum capacity of 350 attendees has been reached. A preliminary program will be available on the website soon the details of the full program will be posted as they become available.

And now, moving forward . . .

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. – Dr. Seuss